Posted May 21, 2008

Community awaits new Temple grads

Graduation marks the end of your days as a Temple student, but don’t let it be the end of your Temple experience. Take advantage of Temple’s various alumni events and services, and stay connected to the university and the people that you met here.

The Temple University Alumni Association links Temple’s 245,000 alumni — who can be found in all 50 states and more than 160 countries worldwide — to each other and their alma mater. On graduation day, you become a lifetime member of the TUAA and are welcome to all the benefits and privileges that membership provides.

The following list is a sample of TUAA programs and services. For additional information, visit

Online community

One way to stay connected is through the new online community at By registering to join the online community, you gain access to a wide variety of networking opportunities. As part of the online community, you are able to view and post résumés, search for jobs, connect with message boards and find alumni mentors. You can also view and post class notes — an easy way to share your news and find updates on your classmates’ careers, families and accomplishments.

The site also offers enhanced social networking features, which allow you to make the site a one-stop destination for all of your social networking activities. You can add Flickr photos, LinkedIn profiles and Facebook badges to your profile on the network. You can also connect with friends of friends, create your own blog, host your favorite videos and get RSS feeds.

In addition to communicating with your fellow alumni, you can stay in touch with current students, who are also a part of the online community.

Regional alumni clubs

If you are relocating after graduation, you can connect with alumni in cities across the country through regional clubs. Organized alumni clubs can be found in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Arizona, northern California, Washington state and Washington, D.C., and others are being formed. The clubs plan a variety of events, which have included wine tastings, sporting events, career networking opportunities and more. For up-to-date regional club event listings and online registration, visit

Alumni groups

Another way to reconnect and network with fellow alumni is through shared interest groups. SIGs are groups of alumni who come together on the basis of a shared identity, interest or professional area. These groups host networking events, outings, reunions and special programs throughout the year. Current SIGs include the Temple University Black Alumni Alliance, Temple University Young Alumni and Temple LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Alumni.

Temple also hosts virtual alumni shared interest groups on Visit the online community to connect with alumni who participated in shared student activities or who have similar interests.

TUAA membership

Your free lifetime membership in the TUAA begins when you graduate, and it comes with a number of benefits. Details on the benefits listed below can be found on

Alumni benefits include:

  • Alumni card
  • Alumni insurance program
  • Library services
  • Temple license plates
  • Recreation services
  • Reunions
  • Alumni credit card
  • Temple Travels alumni travel program
  • Temple Review magazine and monthly @Temple e-bulletin